Gwinnett jailer busted for gay groping inmates

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Gay grab-assing in the county lockup only works out in sex videos. But when you're a Gwinnett County jail employee fondling inmates, not so much.

Practice makes perfect for Dennis Day, who allegedly groped three male inmates starting last summer and continuing to early April. When one took exception and tipped off jail officials, Day was investigated, fired and arrested. Now the 56-year-old Decatur resident is behind bars at the same facility facing three counts each of sexual assault and violation of his oath of office, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

From the AJC:

Day, who has now been fired from the sheriff’s office, is accused of “inappropriately (touching) three inmates in a sexual manner,” Volkodav said. One warrant for his arrest alleged that he “did grab and caress the victim’s genital area while the accused was on duty as a jail deputy at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.”

Three separate incidents with three separate inmates allegedly occurred between July 8, 2014, and April 4, 2015, Volkodav said. Day supervised a male housing unit, she said.

Same-sex high jinks are nothing new for metro Atlanta slammers. In August, lesbian jailer Lisa Ziglar was arrested on charges of sexual assault for allegedly exchanging “intimate touching” with a female inmate inside the Gwinnett jail.

A jailer for the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Zel Mitchell, was arrested in March 2013 for swapping sex with a male inmate for contraband. In February 2013, Lewis Jackson was sentenced to two years in prison for trying to give gay blowies to three inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta. Jackson was the prison doctor. 

In February 2012, Duone Clark resigned from the Gwinnett sheriff's office after allegations that he assaulted a transgender inmate. The inmate, Kricket Evans, filed a federal lawsuit over the incidents.

Under state law, even consensual sex between any person with supervisory or disciplinary authority – including teachers, physicians and law enforcement officers – is illegal.


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